It’s still lovely, warm, and dry here–days in the 70s and 80s, nights in the 40s. It’s about time to harvest our eatin’ apples and make some pies, and give the wormy ones to the horses for treats.
Just about the only person having a bad day in Colorado this morning is our Democratic U.S. “Senator” Michael Bennet, who awoke to a front page Denver Post story headlined “GOP’s Buck Polling Ahead.” (That was the headline in the print edition that hit my front walk, anyway. The internets currently have a different headline, but the news is still bad for our never-run-a-statewide-campaign “Senator.”)
I’ve been wondering when our one Denver daily was going to notice that Weld Co. D.A. Ken Buck (R) is ahead in the U.S. Senate Race. Real Clear Politics has reported on several polls that have shown Buck opening up a convincing lead over Bennet in the past week or so, but the Voice of the Rocky Mountain Establishment is still loathe to admit that they backed the wrong, Washington-born horse, friends.
Now, I’m not saying that Andrew Romanoff would be ahead in the polls if he had won the August primary. It’s a rough year for Dems–mostly because of their own cowardice and lack of conviction–and for incumbents (ditto), and Bennet is both. I don’t think that’s the case. But Coloradoans sure as $hit don’t want Barack Obama and Rahm Emmanuel telling them who should be their U.S. Senator.
What I also don’t see in the news coverage of our statewide races is that this is largely due to the ineptitude and bad judgment of our soon-to-be-departed one-term Governor Bill Ritter, who 1) appointed the unknown and untested Bennet to the U.S. Senate, and then 2) decided that he didn’t want to be Governor any more because he wanted to spend more time with his family. John “Hick” Hickenlooper is only up for Governor because of the implosion of the Colorado Republicans, who are left with the choice of embarassing incompetence (Don Maes, the R candidate) or the crazzy (Tommy “the Tanc” Tancredo).
I’ll say it again: if a woman guv had put the Dems in this kind of pickle, it’s all we’d be hearing and reading in the news. Case in point: Don Maes (“Bicycles are evidence that Denver is handing its sovereignty to the UN! No, I really drove to the moon and back this year! I wasn’t fired from my job with the police department, I was working under cover for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation!”) is nearly ignored by the national media, whereas Christine O’Donnell is the gift horse that Dems love to kick and kick again, just as the Dems were eager to pin all of George W. Bush’s sins of incompetence and ignorance on Sarah Palin in 2008.
Funny, isn’t it? Funny ha-ha, and funny strange. Male incompetence just isn’t worth talking about, whereas female incompetence is a national joke.